We had worked with a similar model to this home before on the same street, you can see those pictures here.
The niches next the the TV and fireplace were both just bare, about 24″ deep. The homeowner gave me a picture of a cabinet style he liked and another of some doors he liked as well. We took those pictures and came up with this. This picture is before we put the hardware on the doors, which made a big difference.
The inside of the cabinets have adjustable shelves. On the cabinet to the right of the fireplace, we put in pull out shelves so that the homeowner could easily access the back of his components. All the TV cables ran through the drywall and into that cabinet.
The bookcase portion of these cabinets was originally supposed to be an open back. We figured it would look cleaner with the shelves mounted to a solid back, so we didn’t have to install cleats on the wall for shelf support.
To make it look like the cabinets were backless, we painted the backs the same color as the wall. It ended up looking very nice and gave it a unique look as compared to an all white cabinet. However, if you want to hire professional painting services, to avoid the stress of DIY painting, see more here.
We put a 4″ crown molding on the top of these cabinets to compliment the 6″ crown in the rest of the room. We did a bunch of crown molding in this home in late’12 and came back to do these cabinets in Feb. ’13. Actually, we replaced all the door casings and baseboards in this home as well.
It looks like a model home now!!! I especially like the doors with an extra rail in the center to look like drawers…Once we got the hardware installed on these units it really set it off.
Of course, there was one bag of hardware that didn’t have any screws in it so the handle is off in this pic 🙂